Sociology and Criminal Justice

Our classes offer faculty-student ratios that allow students' interests to be addressed through interaction with professors. We emphasize critical and analytical skills and effective communication to resolve conflicts and promote social justice.

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of socio-economic, cultural, institutional and physical environments. Our programs prepare students for citizenship by encouraging them to understand, tolerate and respect the vast array of cultural and intellectual differences found throughout the world.



  • We offer a Master of Science in Applied Sociology, Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and minors in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Geographic Information System (GIS), and Anthropology.

  • Students in our program actively participate in our Sociology and Criminal Justice clubs, as well as in other student organizations such as Reconnect, which focuses on environmental and sustainability issues.

  • Students majoring in Sociology or Criminal Justice may be able to earn academic credit by completing an internship.

  • The faculty maintain an active research agenda and publish extensively in the discipline.




Department Updates

2021-2022 Departmental Newsletter


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The Social Justice Speaker Series Race, Law, and Victimization

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 The Social Justice Speaker Series is proud to host Derecka Purnell. Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, researcher, and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom. She works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training in community- based organizations through an abolitionist framework. She is currently a columnist at The Guardian and a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School. There will be a book signing afterward.

Derecka Purnell's website:

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Hour long audio podcast THINK from npr "Derricka Purnell: ACase for How to Better Spend Policing Dollars"

Time/Date: 2PM  Wednesday, November 2

 Location: Pottle Hall


Two Professors Awarded Distinguished Professorships

Dr. Molly McGraw and Dr Marc Settembrino

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“The Birds, The Bees, and Debbie with a D: A Public Health Drag Show,” Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Theater. This show is FREE and open to the public.

For more information contact Dr. Settembrino via email at marc.settembrino@southeastern. edu 


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The Lavender Lions meet every other Monday from 5 until 7pm in Student Union Room 2207






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Cameron Dumas presents the latest findings on race, class, and incarceration in Louisiana at the ULL Undergraduate Research Conference


Read Dr. Burley's article: "This is Our Time!: Training Students to Fight Climate Change"



 Dr. Settembrino Elected President of the Association for Humanist Sociology




25 Year Service Award:

Russell A. Castro

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Since Convocation was cancelled for Fall 2021, Mr. Russell Castro (center with plaque) was presented his 25 year Service Award by Dr. Kenneth H. Bolton, Jr., Dept Head, SOC & CJ, with other faculty members present.  September 29, 2021.


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Are You Ready?


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Marc P. Riedel Outstanding Graduating Senior in CJ


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Bria Cummings 

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F. Dale Parent Outstanding Graduating Senior in Soc



  CJ Instructor Varnado Speaks to League of Women Voters About Justice Reform"

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